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Hayden “Old Folks” Proffitt began his drag career behind the wheel of a 1938 Chevrolet and then jumped into a Chevrolet-powered dragster. However, the car that put Hayden on the map was his 1962 Bill Thomas 409 SS bubbletop, which he won Indy with. After that, Hayden jumped to Plymouth, Mercury, and then back again to Chevrolet. In 1966, he fielded this injected big-block Corvair. Mid season, Hayden whacked the roof off the car and turned it into a roadster just in time to win the Drag Strip Magazine East vs. West Funny Car meet at Lions.